Free Online Collaborative Classroom Project: Re-Think Trash
Environmental, Problem-based Learning Using Math and Science Skills
Ever wondered or thought about how trash effects you? How about how how to apply a little bit of math to solve a trash problem? And what about those science skills? Need to put those to practical use?
Over a four-week period, classes will participate in a virtual learning community structured around two video conferences and web-based activities to learn about trash related issues, based on math and science standards. Classes will work together to find solutions to issues in their home, school, and community. The goal will be to develop and implement a service learning project, in the process becoming experts about trash and how to reduce, reuse, and recycle utilizing community knowledge and experts.
Grades: 5 and 6
April 29th, May 2,3,or 4: What's in your Trash? Videoconference or Skype
May 5-18: Problem Research and Creation Online at http://www.rethinktrash.wikispaces.com
May 19, 20, 24, or 25th: Partner Class Presentations
Project Implementation and Support On-Going through the Website, Join the Community!
Online at http://www.rethinktrash.wikispaces.com
Videoconference (Polycom, Tandberg, Skype)
This project is a great way to increase, practice or gain web-based collaborative and communication technology skills, based on Alaska State and ISTE'S NET's (National Educational Technology Standards) for teachers and students. In addition, this project is based on 5th-6th grade Alaska State Math and Science Standards. It is a fantastic way to wrap up your year and apply your learning to a real-life issue in your community, while sharing with other diverse communities.
This project is free and funded by a grant from Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the Heart of Texas Council of Governments.
How to Participate: Apply Online at http://www.rethinktrash.wikispaces.com